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PAH in Consumer Goods
New Maximum Limit in REACH Regulation
06.10.2014 | Carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) were determined in recent years in toys as well as in consumer goods. Consequently there is a regulation now for the European Union (EU) 1272/2013 based on a German initiative.

PAH are a group of substances that are proven to be hazardous for health. Numerous PAH compounds are considered carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction (CMR substances). According to regulation (EU) 1272/2013, there are maximum limits for PAH which shall apply from December 2015 for consumer goods and toys with components of plastic or rubber. For sports and household goods, tools, clothing and bracelets the maximum limit is 1 mg/kg and for toys 0.5 mg/kg.

This maximum limit applies to the following PAH
(according to annex XVII of REACH regulation No. 1907/2006):
Benzo[a]pyrene
Benzo[e]pyrene
Benzo[a]anthracene
Chrysene
Benzo[b]fluoranthene
Benzo[j]fluoranthene
Benzo[k]fluoranthene
Dibenzo[a,h]anthracene

Check your products and raw materials now with our validated and sensitive methods! Our methods detect all PAH required by the REACH regulation with a limit of quantification of 1 µg/kg. In addition, we offer the determination of the 24 EU/EPA PAH. For the analysis of shoe materials, a method according to DIN EN ISO 16190 is available at GALAB. We are happy to advise you in all aspects and supply a suitable offer - you can find your personal contact person here.

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